Mr. Dave and Forest Minister Dr. Shejwar review departmental activities
Bhopal, August 21, 2016 (Abdul Ahad Farhan): There is a need to amend around 100 years old Indian Forest Act. Madhya Pradesh is the first state where Bori (Hoshangabad) was declared reserved forest in the year 1865 and Bori Working Plan achieved the distinction to become the first Scientific Management in the year 1894. Now Madhya Pradesh should play an important role to bring amendment in the Forest Act. Central Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) Mr. Anil Dave said while addressing the Senior Officers of the Forest Department here today. Minister for Forest Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar was also present in the meeting. Mr. Dave further mentioned that forest has capacity to provide employment and food to the mankind even if current population grows double in size. He said that ornamental plants are concept of foreign countries; we should plant as many as fruit plants. Also generate opportunities and employment in bamboo plantation. India in the world and Madhya Pradesh in the country stood first in bamboo forest. Mr. Dave said that river is the scale to measure the healthy climate of any place.
Referring to the Bandrabhan, he said that the German Specialist while showing worm said that this worm is found in the pure and clean water, which proves that how clean is Narmada Water. We should produce such specialists from our young generation. Minister for Forest Dr. Shejwar said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country which gives 70 percent dividend directly to Tendu Leaf collectors. Balance sum is spent on development and infrastructure. A sum of Rs. 232 crore is being given towards labour charges for tendu leaf collection in the year 2016.
Madhya Pradesh Minor Forest Produce Federation has the biggest social security insurance scheme in Asia, under which Rs. 94 crore 30 lakh were distributed in 29 thousand cases. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Mr. Animesh Shukla gave presentation about various activities being conducted in the Forest Department including Working Plan, State Minor Forest Produce Federation, Forest Development Corporation, ECO Tourism Development Board, Forest Conservation, Wild Life Management, Vulture Conservation, Bamboo Mission, Bio Diversity Board , State Forest Research Center etc. Vote of thanks was given by the Chief Conservator of Forest Mr. Atul Kumar Jain.